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Corpus Christi Carol

TML # 002203
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The Corpus Christi Carol is so called, not because it was sung at the Festival of Corpus Christi (celebrated the Thursday after Whitsuntide/Pentecost) but because most versions, especially the earliest, contained an explicit reference to the Corpus Christi (Latin, the body of Christ." The earliest known form of the text dates back to about 1500, when it was taken down by Richard Hill of London.
Down in yon forest there stands a hall,
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring;

It's covered all over with purple and pall
And I love my Lord Jesus above any thing.

In that hall there stands a bed,
It's covered all over with scarlet so red.

At the bedside there lies a stone
Which the sweet Virgin Mary knelt upon.
Under that bed there runs a flood
The one half runs water, the other runs blood.

At the foot of the bed there grows a thorn
Which ever blooms blossoms since He was born.

Over that bed the moon shines bright,
Denoting our Saviour was born on this night.
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